REVIEW: KERI LAKE ✭ INTREPID

REVIEW: KERI LAKE ✭ INTREPIDIntrepid by Keri Lake
Series: The Vigilantes Series #3
on April 10th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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five-stars

In the corner house of an empty street, there is a boy inside a box. In that boy, there lives a secret, one so dark, it’s sealed with locks.

Nearly ten years have passed since the night I was captured. Tricked and betrayed, I suffered the hours of brutal torment with death’s cold whisper across my skin. And when the nameless faces that haunted my nightmares took everything and everyone I loved, I feared I’d never be free of the darkness.
But that's the thing about fear. Over time, it breeds anger, and when anger fills the box, vengeance bleeds out.
It's been almost a decade since I escaped their hell, staying in the shadows, hiding my demons, and God help them now that I've tasted retribution and crave more of it.
Blood is the price for pain, and I vow to take everything and everyone they love. I’m no longer a frightened boy, but the intrepid vigilante, a ruthless executioner, who will stop at nothing to punish the depraved few that stole my life and walked free.
The plan is perfect, except for her. The one woman I'm forbidden to have, whose soothing touch settles my fractured mind. My angel of mercy sent to silence the voices. Yet, not even she can save me from the black void wherein my skeletons lie buried beneath the truth. Because in order to feed my thirst for revenge, I have to destroy the very thing that gives me purpose.
Tooth for a tooth, heart for a heart.

INTREPID

by Keri Lake

Keri Lake is an incredible mastermind of plotting out books. The possibilities in her stories are vast and you never know where they will take you. Intrepid is set in the Vigilante world, a bleak Detroit, saturated with crime, underground and above. It’s where we meet Sera, a Criminal Justice student who lost her mother at a young age.

What I love about Keri Lake’s heroines is that they are never doormats. Ever. They aren’t innocent, naive flowers. These heroines come with a truckload of heartbreak and sorrow. When they fall in love they submit sexually but never emotionally until the man they love is deserving of it. Sera has fire and spirit, is feisty and has seen the dark side of people one too many times. When she meets Ty she is cautious yet can’t fight the strong and unwelcome attraction. His mystery and charisma have her thoughts in a tangled mess.

I’d come to trust people by how much pain their eyes held, and his bore the endless depths of sorrow.

Ty is an enigma but soon it’s obvious that something’s not quite right with this boy. He can be quite infuriating and in the next moment almost sweet. He runs hot and cold on Sera, and keeps a big part of him from her. And here’s the thing: while this young man frustrated the hell out me with his push and pull, appalled me with the things he did, he also made me feel compassion and made me understand.

Sera and Ty’s obsession with one another isn’t healthy but it’s brutally honest and raw. They’d lay their lives down for each other and set the world on fire. Between the bleak and violent picture Keri Lake draws are spots of brilliant colors, scenes that make the heartache, fear, despair worth it.

Sera and I shouldn’t have been what we’d become anyway. Like light and dark, fire and water, the moon and the sun trying to come together. We didn’t mix.

The villains in the Vigilante series make the anti-heroes look like choir boys and this right there is probably the reason why you can actually come to love a morally questionable character. The author makes the contrast between them so stark that there will be little doubt left whether the hero had any other options but violence left.

Once more, Ms Lake has proven why she is one of my favorite authors. She has this gift to keep up the suspense through an entire story even when you suspect how things might play out, because you never know if there isn’t be a twist along the way. This book is an awesome and incredible mindfuck.

If you’ve read Ricochet (still my top favorite by Keri) make sure you read the bonus content that includes a scene with Aubree and Nick, that will also give you a little insight into the showdown in Intrepid. It was super-cool and definitely provided some gasps-filled enlightenment. Also, it’ll make you crave Dax’s book.

Intrepid takes you on a fascinating, suspenseful journey with a fierce, courageous heroine and a broody, enigmatic anti-hero who was dealt a horrific hand. You’ll fall in love with both of them, despite…or maybe because of their many flaws.

I hated the way I wanted him. I was sick for craving the fire in my belly, the thrill of pissing him off just so I could touch the scalding flame inside, like a child reaching out for a hot stove.

You will realize that good people sometimes are forced to do bad things because authorities and systems failed them. Life isn’t just black or white. There are so many shades of grey and the author shows us all of them. Dark and raw interactions between the main protagonists, action-filled scenes that will give you adrenaline spikes and will leave you breathless are the main ingredients of Intrepid, but also sheer beauty in the face of an unapologetic, inevitable love.

I was drawn to her light. Her purity and innocence, as if I’d been buried alive in a cold dark tomb for too long, before being given one breath, one moment of warmth on my skin.

five-stars

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